Abortion Advocates at NARAL Continue Attacks on Crisis Pregnancy Centers
by Steven Ertelt
June 15, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Appearing to deny women the choice they so fervently advocate, the abortion promoters at NARAL are on the attack again. In a series of email to its national membership, NARAL president Nancy Keenan is accusing pregnancy centers of "spreading lies" about abortion as they help women find other options.
"Crisis pregnancy centers spend millions of dollars on misleading advertisements, portraying themselves as safe havens for women in need," Keenan wrote last week. "Their real goal? To make women feel too guilty or scared to choose abortion by providing information that is medically inaccurate and manipulative."
To counter the work the centers to do support pregnant women, NARAL is launching an online quiz that it says "unmasks the lies these fake clinics tell women every day."
The "quiz" essentially poses a question asking respondents which "misleading and false statement" pregnancy centers use to supposedly mislead women.
"Abortion causes breast cancer" and "Abortion causes dangerous and life-threatening psychological side effects" — both of which have been confirmed by dozens of research studies and reporters — are two of the possible answers.
Kristin Hansen, the vide president for communications at Care Net, a national network of more than 1,100 pregnancy centers, talked with LifeNews.com about the NARAL quiz.
"Abortion advocacy groups like NARAL have been working hard this year to perpetuate the ‘boogeyman’ idea that the work of pregnancy centers is harming women," she said.
"Every day, theres a new blog post, video, ‘undercover report,’ or now, heres a flashy quiz to help build an email list and raise money. These scare tactics are riddled with false accusations and are meant to deter women from visiting pregnancy centers for help," she added.
As a response, Care Net released its own REAL Quiz about Pregnancy Centers to counter NARAL’s negativity with the truth.
Hansen says most pregnancy center clients appreciate the help and support and the ones speaking out against such centers are typically pro-abortion staffers and volunteers claiming to have been treated poorly.
"If you take a closer look, you see that the negative information about pregnancy centers comes from the same people who are usually a staff person, volunteer, or member of an abortion advocacy group. The complaints do not come from actual clients, who regularly give high approval ratings of the pregnancy center they visited," she said.
The attacks may be backfiring as Care Net is expanding its outreach to new communities.
"Despite these ongoing attacks from NARAL, a growing number of people are getting excited about the compassionate work of pregnancy centers. Care Net sees wonderful doors opening this year as more community leaders are stepping up to open new pregnancy centers in cities where there are few or none," Hansen said.
"Every day, someones heart is touched with the vision of reaching out to women facing unplanned pregnancies with practical help and emotional support. There’s no new mean-spirited quiz or negative campaign that can prevent the growth of this positive movement in the hearts of volunteers across America," she concluded.
Related web sites:
Care Net – https://www.care-net.org
CareNet Quiz – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/realquizaboutpregnancycenters
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